Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Introduction and History of Modern Health Care in the U.S.
Lecture:Components of Health Care Delivery and Finance
Slide content:Health Care Delivery Nursing and Residential Care Facilities - 1 Short-term or long-term facilities Long-term care classified by level of care Skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) Proliferated after amendment of the Social Security Act Originally part of the welfare system Now part of the health care system 8
Slide notes:Let us now turn our attention to health care delivery in nursing and residential care facilities. These can be short-term facilities where it is anticipated that patients will stay for a brief period of time before returning home or to their residences, or long-term facilities where patients may stay for an extended or indefinite period of time. An example of a short-term facility would be a post-surgical rehabilitation center. After surgery, it may be deemed that a patient is too frail to return home and may need to spend some time in a rehabilitation center before gaining enough strength to return home. An example of a long-term facility might be an Alzheimers unit in a nursing home. A patient with gradually progressive dementia may need to stay indefinitely in such a facility. Long-term care is classified by the level of care. For example, a patient with relatively few health needs may reside in an assisted living facility, whereas a patient with profound and significant health needs may need the services of a nursing home. Skilled nursing facilities, also called n ursing homes, initially proliferated after an amendment of the Social Security Act. They were originally part of the welfare system and gradually shifted to become a part of the current health care system. 8